There has been increasing talk among the media about Democrats who are quietly casting doubt upon the leadership and re-electability of President Joe Biden and Vice President Kamala Harris, and how the party needs to find to find someone else to be the standard-bearer going forward.
Vice President Harris was asked about that but dismissed it as nothing more than meaningless Washington D.C. “political chatter,” the Washington Examiner reported.
She also defended the purported accomplishments of the administration and insisted that both she and Biden fully intended to run for re-election.
Dismissive of criticism
VP Harris recently sat for an interview with Andrea Mitchell of NBC News, who at one point raised the topic of low approval ratings for both her and President Biden and the increasing talk of Democrats who were both looking past Biden for other candidates and also “don’t think that you are the right person to be on the ticket” in 2024.
“I think that it is very important to focus on the needs of the American people and not political chatter out of Washington, D.C.,” Harris replied with a smirk.
Mitchell then asked Harris about her failed 2020 campaign and clear aspirations to be president, to which the vice president responded, “Joe Biden intends — has said he intends to run for re-election as president and I intend to run with him as vice president of the United States.”
Legitimate points raised
NBC News’ Mitchell raised a valid point in noting the consistently low approval ratings for both President Biden and Vice President Harris and how that is a concern for a growing number of Democrats ahead of the 2024 election cycle.
Indeed, according to a Los Angeles Times tracker, Harris has a flat 40 percent favorability rating and 53 percent unfavorable rating, which has been constantly lower than Biden’s 45 percent favorability and 52 percent unfavorable rating.
Mitchell also had a point in raising the “political chatter” out of not just D.C. but Democrats across the nation about re-electability concerns for both Biden and Harris, which has been ongoing since last year but has intensified and become more frequent in recent months.
One such example came from the New York Times earlier this month about how the VP’s allies were “tired of waiting” for her to “define” herself convincingly as the right person to lead the nation.
Another came just a week before that from The Washington Post about how Democrats were increasingly “worried about Harris’ political prospects.”
No business being in the White House
Vice President Harris has clearly displayed over the past two years that she is an empty vessel and has no business being a heartbeat away from the presidency, which happens to be currently occupied by Biden who scarcely fares better than her in that regard.
If Democrats were hoping that Biden and Harris would quietly acquiesce to the desire to bypass them and find somebody new to represent the party in 2024, however, that seems unlikely to occur.